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Shopping Addiction: Purge Your Urge to Splurge

When you begin a ritual behavior, it’s like the act of pushing a ball downhill—it’s the beginning of a compulsive cycle that builds powerful momentum. When engaging in ritual behaviors, there is a buildup of excitement, commitment (sometimes unconscious), and often a strong feeling of conflict.

9 Freezer Hurdles and How to Jump Them

The idea that you cannot refreeze defrosted food is a myth. Any food—even meat—can be refrozen, as long as it hasn’t lingered on the counter for over two hours or spent too many days in the fridge.

Your Guide to Freezing (and Thawing) Food

Keep your freezer full, but not jam-packed. A full freezer is more energy-efficient than an empty one, but air needs to circulate. As with your refrigerator, keep the air vents unblocked.

An Imperfect Food System: Reducing Waste While You Shop

What may look like a pear that’s “gone bad” might well be a pear at the peak of its ripeness. When handled and housed among impractically large and heavy piles of fruit at the grocery store (an appearance of abundance is more enticing to customers), a perfectly ripe pear will unfailingly acquire some dings and bruises.

An Imperfect Food System: It All Comes Back to Climate Change

Minorities have been the hardest-hit and the last to be served when it comes to climate-caused natural disasters, rising sea levels, and global pandemics(!). Preventing food waste can improve global food security by easing the effects of climate change on food production and on disadvantaged populations.

An Imperfect Food System: Grocery Privilege

If you’re food secure, you probably walk the aisles with a sense of possibility. Especially when it comes to higher-end or more intimate markets, your identity as customer means you are there to be served and valued: imagine what this alone does for your sense of worth.

Why We Need Equality and Balance, Not Growth

By Sean Cloran. Growth of the world’s food supply won’t reduce food insecurity, and it may even cause more problems. Equally distributing access for all to food will reduce food insecurity, and reducing current food production levels while farming in more ecologically-friendly ways will restore balance to the environment.

Progress Over Perfection: Finding Balance as a Conscious Consumer

The side of myself that wants my hands in the dirt and never to encounter a shower usually overpowers the side of myself that finds restoration in makeup application and shoes that clack when you walk, but sometimes the dynamic shifts. When it does, I thoroughly appreciate Goodwill sprees and REI store explorations, sometimes even H&M (don’t tell anyone)…

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